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Man saved from quake-flattened mosque on Indonesia island

08 August 2018
Man saved from quake-flattened mosque on Indonesia island

Aid is now reaching isolated areas of the island while rescuers continued efforts to find the dead, pulling another body from the rubble.

Sunday's quake, recorded at magnitude 6.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey (revised down from 7.0), struck at a depth of 10.5 kilometers in the northern part of Lombok, triggering a brief tsunami warning. The tremor was felt in the eastern part of East Java province and in the neighboring island of Bali, where some buildings, including the global airport Ngurah Rai, have been damaged.

Nugroho added that all 2,700 foreign and domestic tourists have been evacuated from Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, the three tourist islets off the northwestern coast of Lombok after nine boats were deployed to transport them to the mainland.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr O'Sullivan said that around 30 of those were evacuated on Sunday night but the remainder were on the beach in some cases for up to 36 hours waiting to be evacuated.

In the north of Lombok, the earthquake's epicentre, rescuers were holding out hope that more people would be pulled alive from the wreckage of thousands of buildings.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said on Twitter rescuers were combing through rubble in their search for survivors.

"The government did give us aid, rice, noodles, and tarpaulin after the first quake [on July 29, which was magnitude 6.4], but it wasn't enough, there were too many of us", he said.

"Without the businesses open and repaired there will be limited tourists therefore the impact on locals and the island itself is unthinkable". Injured victims have been treated outside damaged hospitals in the main city of Mataram and other badly affected areas. While poorly built structures toppled rapidly, much of the island's tourist infrastructure remains more intact than imagery would suggest.

"It was quite impossible to stand up. I heard her scream my name and I found her pinned by the falling wall". She said the power went out and her daughter couldn't use one of her medication pumps, but the family is doing OK and a generator brought the power back on.

Australia's home affairs minister tweeted that he and his delegation were safely evacuated in darkness from a Lombok hotel where they have been staying during a regional security conference. He said he was knocked to the floor of his room on the 12th floor of a hotel. People ran to the street and a large field outside the mosque.

'We still have supplies for the next few days, but I'm not sure about after that, ' Billa Rabbani, a spokeswoman from the Peduli Anak orphanage, told AFP.

An operation was underway on Tuesday to evacuate thousands of tourists who were stranded after a deadly natural disaster jolted Indonesia's Lombok Island killing 98 people and injuring over 200 others.

Like its famous neighbor Bali, Lombok is known for beaches, mountains and a lush interior.

That's because the region sits smack-dab along the so-called ring of fire-an imaginary, horseshoe-shape line that follows the rim of the Pacific Ocean and marks spots where several tectonic plates collide.

"A lot of people are displaced, and many have migrated to the hilly and mountainous areas because of fear of a tsunami".